"Wanted" (CD Single)

Music review by
Kim Alessi, Common Sense Media
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Sweet country song about young love; clean, arty video.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages

There's no mistake about Hayes' unwavering devotion in these lyrics. As important is his message of inner beauty: "Anyone can tell you you're pretty/You get that all the time, I know you do/But your beauty's deeper than the makeup/And I wanna show you what I see tonight."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lyrics are about giving rather than taking: "As good as you make me feel, I wanna make you feel better/Better than your fairy tales, better than your best dreams...I wanna make you feel wanted."


Romantic, not sultry, lyrics: "'Cause I wanna wrap you up/Wanna kiss your lips...Wanna hold your hand forever/Never let you forget it/Yeah, I wanna make you feel wanted."


Hayes' musical career started very early, so he's made numerous stage and TV appearances, including on Nickelodeon's series Figure It Out. He's also been named brand ambassador for Martin acoustic guitars.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Wanted" is about young love in its most innocent state. It's about cherishing someone -- and the overriding desire to express one's devotion to make them feel wanted. There's little sexy stuff here, so it's appropriate for older tweens and up. The video shows Hayes playing piano and riding a motorcycle with his sweetheart; it also shows that the love is mutual, rather than being a one-sided obsession.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
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Adult Written bymusic fan2.0 September 5, 2012

a good way to make ur special woman fell wanted

well i was lisening to this song one day and i love it it was so sweet how he tells his girl exactly how he feels and yes i am a guy and yes i am strate and i t... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 July 2, 2013

Sweet Song About Love

I was surprised by how much I liked this song. It's really sweet, and Hunter is a surprisingly good singer. I don't think there's anything inappr... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 25, 2013

A favorite

This is my favorite song. It's a clean song, and it has positive messages in it. Listen to it, it's really good.

What's the story?

"Wanted" is the second single from the self-titled debut studio album by country singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Hunter Hayes. Hayes wrote (or co-wrote) every song, played every instrument, and sang every vocal track on the entire album. The Louisiana native began playing accordion at age 2. By 4, he performed at concerts with country music legends such as Hank Williams, Jr., and on national TV. Hayes is also an opening act for country megastars Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

Is it any good?

"Wanted" is touching and just might be the (country) song we'd all love to fall in love with. The music starts with a simple, repeating piano riff that's almost hypnotic, then builds with a swirling passion that matches the heartfelt lyrics. Hayes' musical talent is clear -- he wrote the song and played every instrument -- and he's likely to make an impact on the world of country music and beyond.  The accompanying black and white video is tasteful with artistic splashes of red accents; and no sexy stuff here, just pure, simple, images of love.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of balance in relationships. Consider how Hayes plays with the word "wanted:" "You're all I ever wanted...I wanna make you feel wanted." What can happen when one person gives, or takes, more than the other? How about when there's equal give-and-take? Which kind of relationship might be the most healthy and successful?

  • Hayes began playing music at a very young age, and has become a well-respected musician before he's even turned 21. Discuss the focus it takes to become so accomplished at such a young age. In what other areas do people start early and excel at by a young age (sports, academics, the arts)?

  • This video is filmed in black and white with certain images (words, a rose, a woman's lips) accented in red. Discuss why the video's director chose this approach and ask what the red, stand-out images symbolize.

Music details

  • Artist: Hunter Hayes
  • Release date: August 1, 2012
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Country
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: October 19, 2018

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